By Pat Maurer
Jared Slezinger, a sixth grader from Shumate Middle School in Gibraltar, is a real hero, thanks to what he learned at the Clare Youth Police Academy last summer.
Jared, the son of Vincent and Katherine Slezinger of Rockwood, was vacationing with his Mom at the family cottage in Harrison while his Dad attended military training in Grayling and he spent some of his time at the Clare Youth Police Academy, an annual program under Clare Police Department Road Officer Greg Kolhoff.
While he was there he participated in emergency training sessions and learned how to use the Heimlich maneuver.
That lesson really came in handy November 2 when a fellow student choked during sixth grade lunch. Shumate Middle School Assistant Principal Tracy Richardson wrote: “Jared was a quick thinker on November 2. During sixth grade lunch a fellow student encountered problems while eating pizza. When he showed visible signs of choking, Jared calmly positioned himself and successfully administered the Heimlich maneuver. His alertness was recognizable to the staff and the students of Shumate. We are thankful for his knowledge and willingness to help others.”
Jared’s Dad is also a hero. SSG Vincent Slezinger served a year in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011. He currently works as a Federal Officer in Milan, MI.